Who's Your Favorite Golf Architect? Donald Ross Course to Get a Facelift

By: Tim McDonald


Donald Ross was one of the old masters when it comes to golf architecture, probably the most famous of all, and you always feel like you're encountering something special when you play one of his courses. Out of all the old masters, Ross is my favorite.

Many of his designs are scattered around Florida, and I always like to hear about one of his original works getting refurbished.

The Timuquana Country Club sits on the western edge of the St. Johns River, about 10 miles south of downtown Jacksonville on a site where Timuqua Indians were known to have lived.

From the private club, you have views of the broad river itself and of the downtown skyline. Soon, members will have views of a spiffy new course.

The old club, built in 1923 from an elegant Ross design, is getting a renovation, its second in 15 years.

Bobby Weed, who oversaw the last renovation, will also oversee this one, according to the Florida Times-Union. All 18 tees and greens and the 14 fairways will be re-grassed with a more heat- and shade-tolerant Bermuda.

As courses age, the greens tend to creep inward around the edges, making them smaller. The 82 bunkers on the layout will also be refurbished. The only possible change to the course itself might be reworking the harshly-sloped 11th green.

The course will close May 2 with plans to re-open in October.


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